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10 Ways the Library Can Help You This School Year

It’s the first day of school! The library is here to help your you and your family make this a great school year. Do you know about everything the library offers? From practice tests to quiet study spaces, learn more about all the different ways the library can help out during school: LearningExp...

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Have Fun at the Library All Summer Long

All Summer Long is now underway at the Des Moines Public Library! The library’s summer reading program gives children an incentive to continue reading throughout the summer with fun challenges and entertaining programs. Apple Podcasts/iTunes | Google Play | Spotify&nb...

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Battle of the Books Reading Lists

Title Author Genre
The Alcatraz Escape Jenifer Chambliss Bertman Mystery
Because Of The Rabbit Cynthia Lord Animal
Curveball Derek Jeter Sports
Eleanor Roosevelt's In My Garage! Candace Fleming Science Fiction
Finding Langston Lesa Cline-Ransome Historical Fiction
Flashback Four: The Hamilton-Burr Duel Dan Gutman Adventure
The Friendship War Andrew Clements Fiction
Front Desk Kelly Yang Fiction
The Girl In The Locked Room Mary Downing Hahn Ghost Story
Greystone Secrets The Strangers Margaret Peterson Haddix Fantasy
Insignificant Events In The Life Of A Cactus Dusti Bowling Mystery
The Law Of Finders Keepers Sheila Turnage Adventure
The Length Of A String Elissa Brent Weissman Fiction
Lion Down Stuart Gibbs Mystery
Louisana's Way Home Kate DiCamillo Historical Fiction
Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein           Mystery
Merci Suarez Changes Gears Meg Medina Fiction
The Miscalculations Of Lightning Girl Stacy McAnulty Fiction
One-Third Nerd Gennifer Choldenko Humor
Out Of Left Field Ellen Klages Sports
Over The Moon Natalie Lloyd Fantasy
Pay Attention, Carter Jones Gary D. Schmidt Humor
Property Of The Rebel Librarian Allison Varnes Fiction
The Remmarkable Journey Of Coyote Sunrise             Dan Gemeinhart Fiction
Right As Rain Lindsey Stoddard Fiction
Saving Winslow Sharon Creech Animal
The Secret Sheriff Of Sixth Grade Jordan Sonnenblick Fiction
Song For A Whale Lynne Kelly Animal
Spy School Goes South Stuart Gibbs Adventure
Sweeping Up The Heart Kevin Henkes Historical Fiction
The Third Mushroom Jennifer L. Holm Science Fiction
The Train To Impossible Places P.G. Bell Fantasy
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle Leslie Connor Mystery
The Unsung Hero Of Birdsong, USA Brenda Woods Historical Fiction
The Unteachables Gordon Korman Humor
The Vanderbeekers And The Hidden Garden Karina Yan Glaser Fiction
Walking With Miss Millie Tamara Bundy Historical Fiction
William Wenton And The Secret Portal Bobbie Peers Science Fiction
Wonderland Barbara O'Connor Humor
Word Of Mouse James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein Fantasy

Title Author Genre
A Good Kind of Trouble Lisa Moire Ramee Fiction
Amal Unbound Aisha Saeed Fiction
Angel Thieves Kathi Appelt Fantasy
Archenemies Marissa Meyer Fantasy
Blended Sharon M. Draper Fiction
The Button War; A Tale of the Great War Avi Historical
Darius the Great is Not Okay Adib Hhorram Fiction
Denis Ever After Tony Abbott Fiction
Dread Nation Justina Ireland Fantasy
Dry Neal Shusterman Fiction
Fatality Caroline B. Cooney Fiction
Finding Audrey Sophie Kinsella Fiction
Firegirl Tony Abbott Fiction
From You to Me K. A. Holt Fiction
Genesis Begins Again Alicia D. Williams Fiction
The Great Jeff Tony Abbott Fiction
Harbor Me Jacqueline Woodson Memoir
Heartless Marissa Meyer Fantasy
House Arrest K. A. Holt Fiction
How High the Moon Karyn Parsons Historical
Internment Samira Amed Dystopian
It's Trevor Noah; Born a Crime Trevor Noah Memoir
The Journey of Little Charlie Christopher Paul Curtis Historical
Love, Hate and other Filters Samira Ahmed Fiction
Lu Jason Reynolds Fiction
My Family Divided Diane Guerrero & Erica Moroz                  Memoir
New Kid Jerry Craft Graphic novel
Nyxia Scott Reintgen Sci Fi
One Last Word Nikki Grimes Poetry
Pride bi Zoboi Fiction
The Reason I Jump Naoki Higashida Memoir
Slider Pete Hautman Fiction
Small Spaces Katherine Arden Fantasy
Spindlers Lauren Oliver Fantasy
Squirm Carl Hiaasen


Still a Work in Progresss Jo Knowles Fiction
Sweep Jonathan Auxier Historical
Swing Kwame Alexander Fiction
Tight Torrey Maldenado Fiction
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow               Jessica Townsend Fantasy